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Andrew Young (born March 12, 1932) is an American politician, diplomat, activist, and pastor from Georgia.  Young graduated from Howard University in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree in pre-dentistry.  Rather than pursue dentistry, Young studied Christian ministry at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut, where he earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1955.  Young then served as pastor at Bethany Congregational Church in Thomasville, Georgia.  In 1957, he moved to New York to work for the National Council of Churches, later moving to Atlanta in 1961 to take part in voter registration initiatives targeting black constituents. Young was a friend of Rev. Martin Luther King, and was with him in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968 when King was assassinated. Young was elected to the United States Congress in 1972, 1974, and 1976, before his appointment as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations by President Jimmy Carter in 1977.  Young was elected mayor of Atlanta in 1981 and re-elected in 1985. International Boulevard in Atlanta was re-named Andrew Young International Boulevard for his efforts in bringing the 1996 Summer Olympic Games to Atlanta. 

Image courtesy of Vanderbilt University Special Collections and University Archives. Photograph by David Hildebrand, 1986.

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